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This translation is the first and only English 
language edition of the Great Reformer's 
treatment of one of the world s most serious 
problems in human relations. This treatise 
by Dr Martin Luther of the Jewish problem 
has been virtually hidden from the American 
people and promises to shake, shock and 
alert Christian America in a sensational 

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Luther's experience with the Jews was very dia- 
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at the gospel, but concluded in later years, as the 
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[ I had decided not to write anymore, | 

I neither of the Jews, nor against the Jews. \ 

I Because I have learned, however that those | 

I miserable, wicked people do not cease try- 1 

I ing to win over to themselves us, that is, the 1 

I Christians also, I have permitted this booklet f 

I to go forth that I might be found among I 

i those who have resisted such poisonous un- f 

I dertaking of the Jews, and have warned the 1 

I Christians to be on their guard against them. 1 

I I would not have thought that a Christian | 

I would permit himself to be fooled by the [ 

I Jews to share their exile and misery. But the \ 

I Devil is the God of the world, and where I 

I God's word is not, he has easy sailing, not I 

I onl.y among the weak, but also among the | 

I strong. God help us. Amen. | 


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Grace and Peace in the Lord ! 
Dear Sir and Good Friend : 

I have received a treatise of a Jew carrying on 
a conversation with a Christian in which the Jew 
has the audacity to pervert and misconstrue the pas- 
sages of Scripture (which we use for our faith, of our 
Lord Christ, and of Mary, His mother) whereby he 
means to overthrow the foundation of our faith. 

To this I give to you and to him this answer. 

It is ijot my intention to quarrel with the Jews 
or to learn from them how they interpret and under- 
stand the Scriptures. I have known all that before. 
Much less do 1 intend to convert the Jews. For that 
is impossible. Nor does it do any good among the Jews 
everywhere, and they have generally become worse. 
Also, because they became so hardened to visitations 
that they do not want to become conscious of the ter- 
rible dilemma, that they have now been in exile for 
over fourteen hundred years, and cannot yet see an 
end or a definite time (of relief) through fervent, 
eternal crying and screaming to God (as they sup- 

pose). (I say) If visitations do not help, we might as 
well figure that our talking and interpreting will 
help much less. 


Therefore, a Christian should be satisfied and not 
quarrel with the Jews. But if you think you must or 
desire to talk with them, do not say more than this: 
**Do you hear, Jew, do you know that your principal- 
ity together with the temple and priesthood are de- 
stroyed now for 1460 years? For this year, as we 
Christians write after the birth of Christ 1543, it is 
exactly 1469 years, and is thus going on 1500 years 
since Vespasianus and Titus destroyed Jerusalem and 
expelled the Jews from it/' On this little nut let 
the Jews bite and dispute among themselves as long as 
they want to. 

For such terrible wrath of God is sufficient proof 
that they certaintly must be in error and doing wrong ; 
even a child can grasp that. For no one should think 

of God so terrible that He would punish his own na- 
tion so unmercifully and keep silent by neither com- 
forting words nor indicating the duration or end 
of such misery! Who would want to believe in such 
a God, hope in Him, or trust in HimT Therefore, 


this wrath leads to the conclusion that the Jews are 
certainly rejected by God and are not His people 
anymore, and He also is not- their God anymore; ac- 
cording to the passage, Hosea 1:9 ^*Lo, Ammi : You 
are not my people, so also am I not your God/' Yea, 
they are in a terrible dilemma. Whatever interpreta- 
tion they may place on it, we see the thing before our 
eyes, it does not deceive us. 


And wherever there should be a spark of sense 
and reason in them, they would certainly think to 
themselves thus: ''0 Lord God, things are not right 
with us, our misery is too great, our exile too long 
and too hard, God has forgotten us,*' etc. I, of course, 
am not a Jew, but I seriously do not like to think 
about such terrible wrath of God over this nation. I 
shudder so much that it penetrates my body and life. 
What will be the eternal wrath of God in hell over 
all false Christians and unbelievers? 

Well, the Jews may regard our Lord Jesus Christ 
as whatever they desire; we see the fulfillment of 
Luke 21:20-23: **When ye shaU see Jerusalem com- 
passed with armies, then know that the desolation 
thereof is nigh— for these he the days of vengeance, 


thai all things which are written may be fulfilled.^ ^ 
[King James Version, Chapter 21:20, 22]. 

In short, as was said : Do not dispute much with 
the Jews about the articles of our faith. From child- 
hood they have been brought up with poison and 
hatred against ote Lord, that there is no hope until 
they arrive at the point where through their misery 
they become soft and compelled to confess that the 
JMessiiUii has come and is our Lord Jesus Christ. Oth- 
erwise it is altogether too soon, yea, altogether in vain 
to dispute with them ... In order to strengthen 
our faith, we shall consider a few instances of fool- 
ishness in their faith and interpretation of the Scrip- 
tures, because they slander our faith in such a mean 
way. Should it bring about the improvement of a 
Jew, that he become ashamed, so much the better! 
We are not talking with the Jews, but of the Jews and 
their deeds, which our German people well know. 

They hold one principle on which they depend 
and in which they trust so much. That is, they 
are born of the highest people on earth, of Abraham, 
Sarah, Isaac, Eebecca, Jacob, etc. We (Qoyim) hea- 
then are not human beings in their sight, but hardly 
worthy to be regarded as worms. For we are not of 
that high, noble blood, birth and descent. 


This 18 their ailment, and in my opinion <he 
foremost and strongest. Therefore, God most sotter 

them in their schools, prayers, songs, doctrine and en- 
tire life; there they stand before Him and pester 
Him (that I may speak of Qod in such human man- 
ner). He must hear how they exalt themselves and 
praise God for separating them from the heathen, 
and permitting them to be bom of the holy fathers 
and chosen them for His own, holy nation, etc. And 
there is no end of boasting about blood and bodily 
birth of the fathers. 


In order that their raving, frantie and foolish 
nonsense might be perfect, they praise and thank 
God| first, that they are human beings and not ani- 
mals; secondly, that they are Israelites and not Goy- 
im (heathen) ; ihir^y, that they were created as Men 
and not as Women, Such foolishness they do not have 
from Israel, but from the Goyim. For thus the histo- 
rians write that the Greek Plato daily gave such praise 
and thanks to God, if such blasphemy and haughti- 
ness could be called the praise of (}od. For that man 
also praised his gods for these three things, that he 
was man and not animal, a man and not a woman, a 
Greek and not a non-Greek of barbarus. Such is the 


praying of a fool and the praise of a blasphemous bar- 
bartus; just as the Mais imagine that they alone are 
human beings and all the rest of the world nothing 
but inhuman beings, ducks, or mice. 

Well, no one can deprive them of their boasting 
about blood and the tribe of Israel. In the Old Testa- 
ment they lost many a battle on that account. (No 

Jew understands this.) All prophets have chided them 
because of it, for it is a proud, carnal assumption with- 
out spirit and faith ; but they have also been murdered 
and persecuted because of it. 


Our Lord also calls them ^'Vipers,*' In John 

8:39: '^// ye rvere Abraham's children, ye would do 
the works of Abraham, Verse 44: *^Ye are of your 
father, the BeviV^ 

This was unbearable for them, that they should 
be the children of the Devil, as they cannot bear it yet. 
For if they would have to give us this foundation 
(Abraham's children), everything they have built 
upon it would have to fall and be different. [In the 
following this self-praise is refuted from Scripture 
as unfounded assumptions. These dissertations then 

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close with these words:] But this will I say for the 
strengthening of our faith. For the Jews will not let 
this pride and this glory of their nobility and blood be 
taken away from them, as said above. They are hard- 

Our people, however, should be on their guard 
against these hardened, condemned people (who ac- 
cuse God of lying and proudly despise the whole 
world), that they be not misled. For the Jews would 
gladly entice us to accept their faith and do so wher- 
ever they can. For if God should be gracious toward 
the Jews, they first would have to do away out of their 
schools, out of their hearts, and out of their mouths, 
all such blasphemous prayers and songs, and the 
boasting and pride about their blood. For such prayer 
constantly increases God's wrath upon them. But they 
will not do this, nor humble themselves, except a few 
individuals whom God draws especially and redeems 
them from their terrible destruction. 


The other boast and superiority, on account of 
which they exalt themselves above all other people 
and despise them, is this : that from Abraham on down 


they have circumcision. God help, how we heathen 
here must suffer in their schools, prayers, songs and 
teaching I How ugly we despised people stink before 
their noses because we are not circumcised, etc . . . 
[Here follow lengthy theological treatises based on 
numerous passages from Scripture.] They are pictur- 
ed in it in a masterful manner before all heathen; for 
they are the very people who always practiced such 
ungodly manner of idolatry, and false doctrine, and 
have had uncircumcised hearts as Moses himself, and 
all prophets lament over them ; but at the same time 
have endeavored to please God and for that reason 
killed the prophets. They are the wicked and harden- 
ed people who did not suffer themselves to be convert- 
ed from their evil to good deeds through preaching, 
teaching, chiding of the prophets, as Scripture testi- 
fies everywhere. Yet they want to be God's servants 
and stand before Him ! They are boastful, proud fools 
who to this day can not do more than to praise them- 
selves because of their nobility and blood; praise 
themselves alone and despise and condemn the whole 
wo|*ld in their schools, prayers, and teachings; yet 
they imagine themselves to be standing before Ood 
as His dearest children! 



They are the real liars and bloodhounds, who 
have not only perverted and falsified the entire Scrip- 
tures from beginning to end and without ceasing with 
their interpretations. And all of the anxious sighing, 
longing and hope of their hearts is directed to the 
time when some day they would like to deal with us 
heathen as they dealt with the heathen in Persia at 
the time of Esther .... 0 how they love that book 
Esther, whic h^o nicely agrees with their bTood thirsty, 
revengeful and^ mu rd erous desh;e and hope! The sun 
never did shine on a more bloodthimKJtnd revengeful ^ 

people as they who imagine t o be the people ofGod 

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who desire to and think they must murder and crush 
the heathe n. And the foremost undertaking which they 
expect of their Messiah is that He should slay and 
murder the whole world with their sword. As they 
at first demonstrated against us Christians and would 
like to do so now, if they only could ; have also tried 
it often and have been repeatedly struck on their 
snouts. But of this perhaps later. 

[Here Luther uncovers the deepest cause of the 
ever-recurring persecution of the Jews: their own 
fault and overbearing pride. Luther now -enumerates 


more references of which the Jews boast, in addition 
to circumcision; the Mosaic Law and the Jewish 
self -righteousness based on it, cites the multitude of 
Bible passages which lament over the falling away, 
unbelief and unrighteousness of the Jewish nation 
and speaks of the Devils with whom he compares the 


How much better it would be for them if they did 
not have God's Commandment or did not know it. For 
if they did not have it, they would be uncondemned. 
They are condemned because they have God's Com- 
mandment and do not keep it, but act against it with- 
out ceasing .... 

In like manner murderer s and whore s, tMeves 
and scoundrels and all evil men could boast they are 
God 's holy and chosen people, because they have His 
Word and know that they should fear and obey Him, 
love Him and serve Him, honor His Name, do not 
commit murder, do not commit adultery, etc . . . 
Since, however, they are sinning and are condemned, 
it is certain that they have the most holy and correct 
Word of God against which they are sinning. Let 


them boast, like the Jews, that God has sanctified 
them through His Law, and chosen them before all 
people as His peculiar nation. 

Such is also the glory of the Jews when they 
boast in their schools, praise and thank God that He 
has sanctified them through His Law and made them 
His chosen nation, while they are well aware that they 
are keeping none of those things, are filled with pride, 
envy, usury, avarice and all meanness, and most of 
all those among them who act very pious and holy in 
their prayers. For they are so blinded that they do 
not only practice usury (that I should be silent about 
their other vices), but teach it as a right which God 
had commanded them through Moses, in which as in 
other ways also, they lie about God in a miserable man- 
ner, about which there is no time to speak now. 


If the Ten Commandments are not kept, what is 
the keeping of other commandments otherwise than 
jugglery and trickery, yea, a real mockery in which 
God is treated like a fool ? Just as if a mean Devilshead 
among us would march along in robes of bishop or 
preacher, and keep all the laws and ways of such per- 


sons outwardly, but under that spiritual decoration 
were a real Devil, wolf, an enemy of the Church and 
a blasphemer who would tread under foot, curse and 
condemn both the Gospel and the Ten Commandments: 
0 what a wonderful saint that would be before God. 

Or if in this world a beautiful woman were to 
parade in a wreath (token of virginity) and follow all 
manners, rights and behavior of maidenly modesty 
and virginity, but underneath were nothing but a 
nasty, shameful whore transgressing the Ten Com- 
mandments, what would her fine obedience help her if 
outwardly she observed the rights and ways of vir- 
ginity? This it would do to her, that people would de- 
spise her seven times more than a free, public whore! 
Thus GTod always chided Israel a mean whore through 
His prophets, because they practiced all manner of 
idolatry and wickedness under the show of outward 
commandments and sanctity. As Hosea especially la- 
ments Chapter 2 :4,5 mil not have mercy upon her 
children; for they he the chUdren of whoredoms. For 
their mother hath played the harlot: she that con- 
ceiveth them hath done shamefully: for she said, I 
will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my 
water, my wool and my flax, mine oU and my drink." 
It is nice indeed to find a maiden or woman who is 


pious, cleanly and decently dressed and outwardly 
behaving in a modest manner. But when she is a 
whore; the dress, decorations, wreath and trinkets 
would appear more honest on a sow in the mire. As 
Solomon says: golden braid on the nose of a sow 
is as a beautiful, silly woman.' ^ 

Therefore, they might as well keep from boast- 
ing about outward obedience to the Laws of Moses 
without true obedience to God's Ten Commandments. 
Yea, it makes them sevenfold more unworthy to be the 
people of God than the heathen. 

Let them. alone! And let us remain with those 
who pray the miserere, the 51st Psalm, that is, who 
know and understand what the Law is and what is 
keeping or not keeping the Law. 

From this, dear Christian, note what you are do- 
ing when you permit these blinded Jews to mislead 
you. In such an instance the proverb certainly is ful- 
filled: Where the blind leads the blind, both will fall 
into the ditch." More you cannot learn from them. 
To lack understanding of God's commandments and 
yet be proud and overbearing towards the heathen 
who are much better than they are before God, be- 
cause they do not have such pride of holiness, and yet 


do much more of the Law than the proud saints and 
condemned blasphemers and liars. 


Therefore be on your guard against the Jews 
and know that where they have their schools there is 
nothing but the Devil's nest in which self-praise, van- 
ity, lies, blasphemy, disgracing God and man, are 
practiced in the bitterest and most poisonous way as 
the Devik do themselves. Wherever you see or hear a 
Jew teaching, do not think otherwise than that you 
are hearing a poisonous Basiliskus who with his face 
poisons and kills people. (Medieval legend.) Through 
God's wrath they have been delivered to believe that 
all of their boasting, vanity, lying to God, cursing all 
men, are right and a great service to God, something 
well becoming to such noble blood of the fathers and 
circumcised saints (no matter how mean they other- 
wise might know themselves to be in gross vices) 
V^rhich service they think they have rendered hereby- 
Look out for them! 

They brag and boast that thfey have had the land 
of Canaan, the city of Jerusalem and the temple from 
God. Although God has overthrown such boasting and 
vanity many times, esifecially through the king of 


Babylon who led them away and destroyed every- 
thing, like the King of Assyria had before led away 
and destroyed the entire Israel. Finally they were 
rooted up and devastated by the Romans, now almost 
1400 years ago, that they might comprehend how God 
did not consider, nor will He regard country, city, 
temple, priesthood and principality, that He should 
consider them His own chosen people on that account ; 
yet their iron neck (as Isaiah calls it) is not bowed, 
nor has their iron forehead become red with shame. 
They constantly remain stiff-necked, blinded, hard- 
ened, and immovable. Still hope that God will bring 
them home again and give everything back to them. 


They do not see and hear that God had given 
everything for the purpose that they should keep His 

Commandments; therefore they should be His people 
and Church. Just as they boast of their blood and no- 
bility, but that they should keep His Commandments, 
on account of which and for which purpose he had 
chosen them, that they do not see and regard. They 
boast about their circumcision, but the purpose for 
which they were circumcised — to keep God's Com- 
mandment — does not mean anything to them. They 


know how to boast of their Law, Temple, Divine Ser- 
vices, city, country and principality; but disregard 
the purpose for which they had it. The Devi! has 
possessed these people with all his angels; that they 
always boast of outward things, their gifts, their ac- 
complishments and deeds, which is to offer up the 
empty shells without the kernels. Those He is to look 
upon and on their account take them (the people who 
offer them) for His nation, exalt and bless them above 
all heathen. But that the^^ should keep His Command- 
ments and keep Hzm as their God, that they will not 
accept. The saying of Moses applies to them: ^\They 
do not regard Me as God, therefore I do not regard 
them as my people/' as also says Hosea 1:9. 

If God had not permitted the people of Jerusa- 
lem to be torn asunder and driven them from the 
land, but had let them keep it after as before, no one 
could convince them that they are not God^s chosen 
nation. Because they would still have the temple, city 
and country, regardless of their wickedness, disobedi- 
ence and stiff-neckedness. Although many prophets 
would daily cry out and a thousand Moses' be stand- 
ing here and exclaiming: '*You are not the people 
of God, because you are disobedient and rebellious." 
Even now they cannot give up their insane raving 


boast that they are the chosen people of God, after 
they have been dispersed and rejected for 1500 years ! 
Still they hope to get back there because of their own 
merits. There is no promise for that on which they 
could lean for comfort, except what they smear into 
the Scriptures according to their own imagination . . . 
Thus the Jews at last continue in their willfulness, 
and knowingly want to err and not leave their Rabbis, 
and therefore we also must leave them to their poison- 
ous blasphemies and lies, and disregard them. 


I have also had this experience . . . Three learned 
Jews came to me in the hope of finding a new Jew in 
me, because here in Wittenberg we began to read He- 
brew. They also pretended that things would soon im- 
prove because we Christians were reading their books. 
When I disputed with them, they acted according to 
their kind ; gave me their interpretations. When I com- 
pelled them to r<imaiu with the text, they fell from 
the text and said they had to believe their Rabbis, as 
we had to believe the Bishops and Doctors, etc . . . 
Then I had mercy on them, gave them a recommenda- 
tion for safe-conduct to the guides, that they should 
permit them to pass for the sake of Christ. Later I 
was informed that they called Christ a '*Tola," i. e., a 


hanged malefactor. Therefore, I do not care to have 
anything to do with any Jew. St. Paul says they are 
given over to wrath. The more you try to help them 
the harder and more wicked they become. Let them 
alone! [Here follow many proofs from the Bible 
which are accompanied by detailed theological, scien- 
tific, and therefore in general not understood, cita- 
tions, which cannot be restated here because t)£ their 
volume, although they are powerful and correspond 
with Luther's German essence and often strike the 
nail on the head in a preciously forward manner. 
From the wealth of striking Scripture passages, only 
the following are here cited: Haggai 2:6,7: *'Thus 
saith the Lord of Hosts : yet, once, it is a little while 
and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the 
sea, and the dry land. ^ And I will shake all nations! 
and the desire of all nations shall come.^' — All na- 
tions'' is equal to "heathen") -Under the "Desirft of 
Nations" the ancient people designated the Mes- 

The Jews deny that He came when the temple was 
still standing and claim that He shall still come, as 
they now have been waiting 1568 years after the de 
struction of that same temple — and cannot be called a 
'Mittle while," because they do not yet know the end 
of such a *'long while." 



He will never come, for He has missed the * ' little 
while" and has gotten into the great, long while, 
which will never come to anything. For the prophet 
speaks of a ** little while," not of a great, long while! 

But here they squirm out of it in this way : Since 
they cannot deny the ''little while," they take the ex- 
pression: ** Desire of Nations," in Hebrew *'Hem- 
dath," by itself, and crucify it. Say it should not 
designate ''Messiah," but should denote all gold and 
silver of the heathen. Because the word "Hemdath," 
according to the grammar, really means '^Desire and 
love for,'' as that which the heathen desire and love. 
And now the text shall read thus : After a little while 
the desire of all heathen shall come/' What is that? 
What do the heathen desire ? Qold, silver, and jewels. 
You may be inclined to ask why the Jews insert such 
interpretations here. I will say: Their breath stinks 
for the gold and silver of the heathen, since no people 
under the sun always have been, still are, and always 
will remain more avaricious than they (the Jews) as 
can be noticed in their cursed usury. They also find 
comfort with this: "When Messiah comes, He shall 
take all the gold and silver in the world and distribute 
it among them (the Jews)." Thus wherever they can 


direct Scripture to their insatiable avarice (desire 
for money) they wickedly do so. You would think that 
God and His prophets did not know of anything else 
to prophecy than ho^ the faliiomless avarice of the 
Jews could be satisfied with the silver and gold of the 

Since childhood they have devoured such poison- 
ous hatred against the Goyim from their parents and 
Eabbis, and still devour such without ceasing, that 
according to Psalm 109 it has gone over into their 
flesh and blood, bone and marrow, and has become 
their life and being. And as little as they can alter 
flesh and blood, bone and marrow, so little can they 
change such pride and envy. They just have to stay 
that way and be ruined, if God does not perform a 
special miracle. 


Therefore know, my dear Christian, that next to 
the Devil you have no more bitter, more poisonous, 
more vehement an enemy than a real Jew who earn- 
estly desii'es to be a Jew. There may be some among 
them who believe what the cow or the goose believes. 
But all of them are surrounded with their blood and 
circumcision. In history, therefore, they are often 
accused of poisoning wells, stealing children and 


mutilating them; as in Trent, Weiszensee, etc. Of 
course, they deny this. Be it so or not, however, I know 
full well that the full, ready will is not lacBng 
with them if they could only transform it into deeds, 
in secret or openly. Know this for a certainty and act 
accordingly ! 

Should they at times do something good, how- 
ever, know full well that it is not done out of love for 
you, nor for your good. In order to have space to live 
among us they must of necessity do something. But 
their heart is and remains as I have said. Do you not 
want to believe me ? Then read Lyra, Burgen and oth- 
ers, honourable and truthful men. If they had n6t 
written it, Scripture reveals that the two seeds of 
the serpent and of the woman are at enmity, and there 
is no concord between God and the Devil. This is also 
found in gross form in their writings and prayerbooks. 

A person who does not know the Devil, might 
wonder why they are so at enmity with the Christians 
above all others ; for which they have no reason, since 
we only do good to them. They live among us in our 
homes, under our protection, use land and highways, 
market and streets. Princes and govenunent sit by, 
snore and have their mugs (mouth) open, let the Jews 
take from^their purse and chest, steal and rob what- 


ever they will. That is, they permit themselves and 
their subjects to be abused and sucked dry and reduc- 
ed to beggars with their own money, through the us- 
ury of the Jews. For the Jews, as foreigners, certainly 
should have nothing; and what they have certainly 
must be ours. They do not work, do not earn anything 
from us. neither do we donate or give it to them. Yet 
they have our money and goods and are lords in our 
land where they are in exile. 

If a thief steals ten gulden he must hang; if he 
robs people on the highway, his head is gone. But a 
Jew, when he steals ten tons of gold through his 
usury, is dearer than God Himself. 


And as a distinguishing mark, they strengthen 
their faith and bitter hatred against us by saying 
among themselves: '*Keep on, see how God is with us 
and does not forsake His people in exile. We do not 
work, we enjoy good, lazy days; the cursed Goyim 
must work for us, we get their money ; thereby we are 
their masters, they, however, our servants. Keep on, 
dear Children of Israel, it will be better still! Our 
Messiah will come if we thus continue and appropri- 
ate to ourselves, by usury, the **Hemdath" (Hebrew: 
desire, possessions) of the heathen!'' 


well, all this we accept from them while we are 
protecting them : yet they curse us, as said before. But 
of this later. 

[After lengthy exegetical, historical disserta- 
tions there follows a highly interesting paragraph 
from which it may be seen that Luther was acquaint- 
ed with the Talmud and Schulchan-Aruch already 
at his time, which explains his changed attitude over 
against the Jew question.] 

Do not their Talmud and Rabbis write that it is 
no sin to kill if a Jew kills a heathen, but it is sin if 
he kills a brother in Israel ! It is no sin if he does not 
keep his oath to a heathen. Therefore, to stedl and 
rob (as they do with their uSury) from a heathen, is 
a divine service. For they hold that they cannot be too 
hard on us nor sin against us, because they are the 
noble blood and circumcised saints ; we however, curs- 
ed Goyim. And they are the masters of the world and 
we are their servants, yea, their cattle ! In sliort, as 
the Rabbis have taught them, so also their Evangel- 
ists tell us (Matthew 15:6, '-And honour not his fath- 
er or his mother, he shall be free. Thus have ye made 
the Commandment of God of none effect by your tra- 
dition.'^) that they have abolished the Fifth Com- 
mandment about honouring father and mother ; and 


Matthew 23:13 (''Bui woe unto you, scribes and 
Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of 
heaven against men: for ye 'neither go in yourselves, 
neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in,'') 
practiced more shameful doctrines, not to mention 
what Christ says, Matthew 5 :28 : '^But I say unto you, 
That whosoever looketh on a woman to lust after her 
hath committed adultery with her already in his 
heart/* How they cunningly preached and expounded 
the Ten Commandments! And into the temple they 
had placed money changers, merchants and all man- 
ner of avaricious trade, that our Lord Christ said 
they bad made of God's house a den of thieves. Now 
figure it out for yourself what a fine honor that was, 
how the house was full of glory that Ood had to call 
his own house a den of thieves! Because so many souls 
were murdered through avaricious, false doctrine; 
that is, through two-fold idolatry. To this day the 
Jews cling to such doctrines and do as their fathers 
did; pervert the Word of God, are avaricious, prac- 
tice usury, steal, commit murder Cwherever they can 
do so, and on and on teach their children to do such. 


The heathen philosophers and ^ poets write much 

more honourably; not only about God's government 


and future life, but also about temporal virtues. They 
write that man is by hature obligated to serve others, 
^ilso to keep his word to enemies, and be true and 
helpful to them especially in need, as taught by Cicero 
and his* like. Yea, I maintain that in three fables of 
Aesop there is more wisdom to be found than in all 
the books of the Talmudists and Rabbis and more 
than ever could come into the hearts of the Jews. 

Should someone think I am saying too much — I 
am not saying too much, but much too little! For I 
see in writings how they curse us Goyim and wish 
us all evil, in their schools and prayers. They rob us 
of our money through usury, and wherever they are 
able, they play us all manner of mean tricks; (what 
is worst of all) they mean to have right and well in 
this, that is, they think they have rendered God a ser- 
vice in this and teach that such should be done. No 
heathen has done such things and none would do so 
except the Devil himself and those whom he possesses, 
like he possesses the Jews. 

Burgensis, who was a very learned Rabbi among 
them and by the grace of God became a Christian 
(which seldom occurs), is much moved that in their 
schools they so horribly curse us Christians (as Lyra 
also wTites) and from that draws the conclusion that 
they must not be the people of God. For if they were 


the people of God, they would act like the captive 
Jews did in Babylon, to whom Jeremiah writes thus: 
''Pray for the King of the city where you are captive; 
for their peace is also your peace.*' But our bastards 
and false Jews think they must curse us, hate and do 
us all manner of harm wherever they can do so; for 
which they have no reason whatsoever. Therefore they 
certainly are not God's people. More about this later. 


[Very interesting are the dissertations about the 
sophisticated manner of the Jews in hidiiig- their hat- 
red against Jesus under sham names. Here it says :] 

Accordingly they treat His (Jesus') Name. For 
Jhesus in Hebrew means "Healer" or "Helper." The 
ancient Saxons used a name: **Helprich" or '^Hilp- 
rich," which sounds like the name Jhesus which we 
now would call "Helprieh," that is, who may or 
should be able to help. Distortingly, however, the Jews 
call Him ''Jesu," which in Hebrew is neither name 
nor word, but siraply three letters or ciphers, or 
cipherletters, as if I were to take the letters CLU as 
ciphers and make the word CLU out of them, that is 
155 (CLU, Roman ciphers: C— 100, L— 50, — V— 5— 
155. V and U originally are the same). Thus they call 
Jesu, that is 316. Such a figure is said to bring about 

another word which means Nebel Borik. About this 
you may read more in Anton, Margaritham. What 
Devil's work they practice with such numbers and 

They treat us Christians in like manner. When 
we come to them and they receive us they pervert 
the word : (Jod welcome you (German — seid Gott wil- 
kommen) and say: **Shed wil kom," that is: "Devil, 
come!" or: "There comes a Devil." Since we do not 
understand the Hebrew, they secretly practice their 
hatred against us, that we think they are friendly to 
us while they curse us with the fire of hell and all 


Thus they call Him (Jesus) the child of a whore 
and His mother, Mary, a whore, whom she had in 
adultery with a smith. Reluctantly I must speak so 
coarse in opposing the Devil. Now they well know 
that they speak such lies in plain hatred and wilful- 
ness, solely to poison their poor youth and simple 
Jews against the Person of our Lord, to prevent them 
from accepting His doctrine (which they cannot de- 
ny). Sabastianus Muenster also points out in his 
Biblia, that there is said to be a poisonous Eabbi who 
does not call the dear mother ''Maria,'' but ''Haria," 


a heap of mud. And who knows what more they have 
among themselves of which we know nothing! 

[Lutlier now shows in elaborate, scientific dis- 
nussions about the Messiah and Bar-Kochab, his 
thorough knowledge of the Jewish character, the writ- 
ings and hopes of Juda and finally arrives at the so- 
called captivity'' among the Christians.] 

Now behold what a nice, thick, fat lie it is when 
they complain about being captives among us. Jeru- 
salem was destroyed more than 1400 years ago and 
during that time we Christians have been tortured 
and persecuted by the Jews in all the world. For near- 
ly 300 years (as stated above) we might well complain 
that during that time they captured and killed the 
Christians, which is the clear truth. On top of that, 
we do not know to this day which Devil brought them 
into our country. We did not fetch them from Jerusa- 

On top of all that, no one is holding them now. 
Land and highways are open to them ; they may move 
to their country whenever they care to do so! We 
woidd like to add a present in order to get rid of 
them. They are a heavy burden to us in our country, 
like a plague, pestilence, and nothing but misfortune. 

Do you call that being held captive when a per- 
son cannot stand one in his own house t Why, they 
hold us Christians in captivity in our own country; 
they let us work in the sweat of our noses, while they 
appropriate money and goods, sitting behind the 
stove, are lazy, gluttlers and guzzlers, live well and 
easy on goods for which we have worked, keep us and 
our goods in captivity through their cursed usury, 
mock us and spit on us, because we must labor and 
permit them to be noblemen at our expense; thus they 
are our lords and masters, we their servants with our 
own property, sweat and labor ! And to thank us and 
reward us, they curse our Lord! 


Should the Devil not laugh and dance, when in 
this manner he can have his paradise among us Chris- 
tians, that through the Jews, his saints, he devours 
what is ours and to thank us fills our mugs (mouths) 
and noses, blasphemes and curses God and man! 

They could not have enjoyed such good days in 
Jerusalem under David and Solomon in their own 
possessions as they now have in our property, which 
they daily steal and rob. Still they complain that we 
are holding them captive ! Yes, we have and hold them 
captive, as I would like to keep my rheumatism, fur- 


uncles and all other diseases and misfortune, who 
must wait as a poor servant, with money and proper- 
ty and everything I have! I ivish they were in Jeru- 
salem with the Jews and whomsoever they would like 
to have with them ! 

Since it is certain that we do not hold them cap- 
tive, how do we deserve that such great and noble 
saints are so angry with us? We do not call our wives 
whores as they call Maria, the Mother of Jesus; we do 
not call them bastards, as they call our Lord Christ. 
We do not curse them, but wish them all manner of 
bodily and spiritual good, permit them to lodge with 
us. We don't steal and mutilate their children; do 
not poison their water ; do not thirst after their blood. 
With what do we deserve such terrible wrath and^ 
envy and hatred of such holy children of God! 

It is not otherwise than we have quoted from 
Moses, that God has struck them with insane blind- 
ness and a raving heart, thus it is our fault that we do 
not avenge the innocent blood which they shed on our 
Lord, and the Christians, for three hundred years 
after the destruction of Jerusalem, and from that 
time on children (which still shines from their eyes 
and skin). That we do not slay them, but for all their 
murder, cursing, blaspheming, and disgracing, permit 


them to dwell among us without charge, protect their 
schools, houses, body and goods, by which we make 
them lazy and secure and help them confidently to 
squeeze from us our money and goods, and in addi- 
tion to mock us and spit on us, hoping finally to over- 
come us and slay all of us for such great sin and take 
away all of our goods, as they daily pray for. 

Now tell me, do they not have great cause to hate 
us cursed Goyim, to curse us and seek our final, 
thorough and eternal ruin? 

Now what are we going to do with these rejected, 
condemned, Jewish people ? 

We should not suffer it after they are among 
us and we know about such lying, blaspheming and 
cursing among them, lest we become partakers of their 
lies, cursing, and blaspheming. We cannot extinguish 
the unquenchable fire of God's wrath (as the prophets 
say), nor convert the Jews. We must practice great 
mercy with prayer and godliness that we might res- 
cue a few from the flame and violent heat. 

We are not permitted to take revenge. Revenge 
is around their neck a thousand times greater than 
we could wish them. I will give you my true counsel : 
First, that we avoid their synagogues and schools 


and warn people against them. And such should be 
done to the glory of God and Christendom, that God 
may see that we are Christians and have not knowing- 
ly tolerated such lying, cursing and blaspheming of 
His Son and His Christians. For what we so far have 
tolerated in ignorance (I myself did not know it), God 
will forgive us. Now that we know it, however, and in 
spite should before our very noses tolerate such a 
building for the Jew in which they blaspheme, curse, 
spit upon and disgrace Christ and us, that would be 
simply too much, as if we did it ourselves an(J much 
worse, as you well know. Moses writes in Deute- 
ronomy that where a- city pi*acticed idolatry, it should 
be entirely destroyed with fire and leave nothing. If 
he were living today he would be the first to put fire 
to the Jew schools and houses. [Followed by proofs 
from Scripture.] 

Secondly, that you also refuse to let them own houses 
among us. For they practice the same thing in their 
houses as they do in their schools. Instead, you might 
place them under a roof, or stable, like the Gypsies, 
to let them know that they are not lords in our coun- 
try as they boast, but in exile as captives; like with- 
out ceasing they howl bloody murder and complain 
about us before God. 

Thirdly, that you take away from them all of their 
prayer books and Talmuds wherein such lying, 
cursing, and blaspheming is taught. 
Fourthly, that you prohibit their Rabbis to teach. 
For they have forfeited the right to such an office, 
because they keep the poor Jews captive with the pas- 
sage of Moses 7 :11,12, who there commands them to 
obey their teachers under threat of losing body and 
soul. Moses clearly adds, **What they teach you ac- 
cording to the law of the Lord." This the profligates 
pass over, and use the obedience of the poor people 
for their own wilfulness against the law of the Lord, 
and pour out for them such poison and blasphemy. 

Fifthly, that protection for Jews on highways be re- 
voked For they have no right to be in the land, be- 
cause they are not lords, nor officials. They should 
stay at iiome. I am told that at this time a wealthy 
Jew is riding with twelve horses in our country. He 
wants to become a Kochab. [Star Bar-Kochba, "Star 
Son,'' false Messiah, was leader of the last rebellion 
of the Jews against the Romans 132/5 after Christ.] 
He practices his usury on princes and lords, land 
and' people. High officials close an eye to it. If you 
princes and masters do not forbid land and highways 
to such usurers, I would like to assemble a cavalry 


against you, because you will learn from this book 
what the Jews are and how they are to be treated 
and their activities not to be protected. For you 
should not and cannot protect them unless you want 
to be partners of their abominations. What good 
would be the result, you may well consider and per- 

Jixthly, that, their usury be prohibited, which was 
prohibited by Moses, where they are not lords in their 
own country over strange lands, and take away all 

the currency and silver and gold and put it away for 
safe-keeping. For this reason, everything they have 
they have stolen from us (as said above) and robbed 
through their usury, since they have no other income. 
Such money should be used as follows: whenever a 
Jew is truly converted, he be given one, two, or three 
hundred flo (measure of money) according to his 
person, that he may begin to support his poor wife 
and child and/or support the aged and infirm. For 
such property which was obtained dishonestly is 
cursed where it is not turned to good use with God's 


Whenever they boast that Moses had permitted 
them to practice usury against strangers, (Deuteron- 


omy 23:20, ''Unto a stranger thou mayest lend upon 
usury; hut unto thy brother thou shalt not lend upon 
usury: that the Lord thy God may bless thee in^all 
that thou settest thine hand to in the land whither 
thou goest to possess it/') Otherwise they have not 
one letter in their favor — they are to be given the fol- 
lowing answer : There are two kinds of Jews or Israel. 
The first are those whom Moses led out of Egypt into 
the land of Canaan, as God ^had commanded him ; to 
them he gave His law, which they were to keep in that 
land, not beyond ; and that only until Messiah should 
come . . . The other are the Kaiser's (Caesar's) Jews, 
not Moses' Jews. They had their origin at the time of 
the governor Pilate in the land of Juda. For when he 
asked them before his tribunal: ''What shall I do 
with Jesus who is called the Christ?" They cried: 
''Crucify Him, crucify Him!" He said: ''Shall I 
crucify your king?" They cried out: ''We have no 
king but Caesar (Kaiser)." Such obedience to Caesar, 
God had not commanded them, they did this on their 
own accord. Thereupon when Caesar demanded obedi- 
ence, they resisted and rebelled against him, did not 
want to be Caesar's now. Then he came and visited 
his subjects, took them away from Jerusalem and dis- 
persed them throughout his entire domain where they 
had to be obedient. 


Of such are the present remaining dregs of the 
Jews, of whom Moses knows nothing ; they also know 
nothing of him, for they do not keep one passage in 
Moses. They must first come back into the land of 
Canaan and become Moses' Jews, keep his command- 
ment, subdue heathen and strangers under themselves. 
There they may practice usury as much as the strang- 
ers will stand for. 

Since, however, they are disobedient to Moses in 
a strange land under the Kaiser, they should keep the 
Kaiser's law and not practice usury against their su- 
periors until they become* obedient to Moses. For the 
the land which they should possess on the other side 
of Canaan or the nation of Israel. For he was not 
sent to the Egyptians, Babylonians, or any other na- 
tion, with his law, but solely and alone to that nation 
which he brought out of the land of Egypt into the 
land of Canaan, as he himself often states in Deute- 
ronomy: They should keep such commandments in 
tlie land which they should possess on the other side 
of the river Jordan. 

Inasfar as priesthood, ceremonies, principality, 
which were mostly built by Moses, have fallen, now 
almost 1400 years ago, it is certain that his law, which 
was in existence before that time, also has fallen and 


come to an end^ Therefore the Kaiser's Jews should 

be treated according to the Kaiser's law and not be 
treated like Moses' Jews of whom for 1400 years none 
have existed. For they have no lahd of their own, 
much less strange land, where they might practice 
usury according to Moses. 

Finally: That young, strong Jews be given flail, ax, 
spade, spindle, and let them earn their bread in the 
sweat of their noses as imposed upon Adam's children, 
Genesis 3:19— 'Zn the sweat of thy face shalt thou 
eat bread, tiU thou return unto the ground; for out 
of it wast thou taken : for dust thou art, and unto dust 
shalt thou return.^' For it will not do that they should 
let us cursed Goyim work in the sweat of our brow, 
while they, the holy people, devour our bread in lazi- 
ness behind the stove and then boast that they are 
masters over the<!hristians; but th^r laziness should 
be driven from their hack* 

Should we be concerned, however, that they might 
do bodily harm to us, to wife and children, servants, 
cattle, etc., when they serve us or should be compelled 
to work, because it is to be surmised that such noble 
lords of the world and poisonous, bitter worms, who 
are not accustomed to work, would be very remiss to 
humble themselves under the cursed Ooyim; let us ap- 

ply the ordinary wisdom of other nations like Prance, 
Spain, Bohemia, et al., who made them give an ac- 
count of what they had taken from them by usury 
and divided it evenly ; but expelled them from their 
country. For, as heard before, God's wrath is so great 
over them that through soft mercy they only become 
more wicked, through hard treatment, however, only 
a little better. Therefore, away with them'! 


I hear it said that the Jews give large sums of 
money and thereby are helpful to the government. 
Yes, from what do they give it? Not of their own, 
but from the property of the rulers and subjects, 
whom they deprive of their possessions through usury ! 
And thus the rulers take from the subjects what the 
Jews have taken, that is: subjects must give money 
and suffer themselves to be fleeced for the Jews so 
they can remain in the land freely to lie, slander, 
curse and steal. Should not the despairing Jews have 
a good laugh over the way we suffer ourselves to be 
fooled and be led around by the nose to give our mon- 
ey in order that they may stay in the land to practice 
all manner of wickedness? On top of all that they 
even become rich on our sweat and blood, but we be- 
come poor and are sucked dry by them? If that is 


right, that a servant, yea, a guest, or a captive may 
annually give to his host ten flo, and in return steal 

a thousand, the servant and guest will soon be rich, 
and the master and host in a short time a beggar. 
Even if the Jews could give the government such sums 
from their own, which is not possible, and thereby pur- 
chase from us protection openly to lie about, slander, 
spit upon, and curse our Lord Christ in their schools ; 
and wish on us all manner of misfortune, that all of us 
be stabbed and perish with our Haman, Kaiser, 
Princes, Lords, wife and children, that certainly 
would mean for Christ our Lord, the entire Christ- 
endom together with our principality, our wives, and 
children, to be sold miserably cheap. 

The traitor Judas would be valued a much greater 
saint than we. Yea, if every Jew could annually give 
100,000 flo ; yet we should not permit them to have 
power to blaspheme, curse, spit upon one single Chris- 
tian and practice their usury on him. That would be 
selling ourselves much too cheap. How much more un- 
bearable is it that we should permit the entire Chris- 
tendom and all of us to be bought with our own mon- 
ey, be slandered and cursed by the Jews who on top 
of all that be made rich, and our lords, who would 
laugh us to scorn and be tickled by their audacity ! 


What a joyful affair that would be for the Devil 
and his angels and cause them to laugh through their 
noses like a sow grinning at her little pigs, but de- 
serving real wrath before God. 


To sum up, dear princes and lords who have 
Jews under themselves : if my advice is not acceptable, 
you may find a better one, that, all of us be relieved 
of the unbearable, devilish burden of the Jews and not 
become partakers before God of all the lies, slander, 
spitting, cursing of the raving Jews against the person 
of our Lord Jesus Christ, His mother, all Christians, 
all rulers and ourselves, as they freely and deliber- 
ately practice it. That you do not let them have pro- 
tection or safe-conduct, nor fellowship. Neither permit 
your money and goods, and the money and goods of 
your subjects, to serve the Jews through their usury. 
We still have plenty of our own sins and daily add 
much to them through our ingratitude and despising 
God 's grace and work ; that it is not necessary to add 
to them these mean foreign vices of the Jews and also 
give them our money and goods. Let us remember that 
we are daily fighting against the Turk and therefore 
are much in need of getting rid of our own sins and 
of spiritual growth and improvement. With this I 


want to have my conscience cleared and excused as 
one who has truly exposed the danger and warned 
against it. 

And you, my dear sirs and friends, who are pas- 
tors and preachers : I hereby wish to have dutifully 
reminded of your office, that you also warn your 
parishioners against their eternal ruin, as you well 
know how to do ; namely, that they be on their guard 
against the Jews and avoid them. Not that they should 
curse them and inf li^ct personal harm ! For they have 
cursed and insulted themselves too m^ich by cursing 
the Man Jesus of Nazareth, Mary's son, as unfortun- 
ately they have been doing for 1400 years. In this re- 
spect you may let the government deal with them as 
I have said. Whether or not the government does any 
thing about it, every individual should take care of 
himself and his conscience, by keeping before him- 
self such a definition or picture of a Jew ! 


Whenever you see or think about a Jew, say to 
yourself as follows: Behold, the mouth which I see 
there has every Saturday cursed, execrated, and spit 
upon my dear Lord, Jesus Christ who has redeemed 
me with His precious blood; and also prayed and 


cursed before God that I, my wife and children, and 
all Christians should be stabbed and perish in the 
most miserable manner — would like to do so himself if 
he could that he might come into possession of our 

Perhaps he has this very day often spit on the 
ground over the Name of Jhesu (according to their 
custom) and that the spittle is still clinging to his 
mouth and beard where there is still room for it. 
Should I eat, drink with, or speak to such a Devilish 
mug (mouth) t I might devour many Devils, as for a 
certainty I would become partaker of all the Devils 
who live in that Jew, and would spit upon the preci- 
ous blood of Christ, God keep me from doing that! 

If they do not believe as we do, we cannot help it 
and cannot compel anyone to accept the faith. We, 
however, should avoid strengthening them in their 
deliberate lying, blaspheming, cursing and disgrac- 
ing, also do not become partakers of their devilish 
raving and ranting by according them protection, 
meat and drink, lodging and other neighborly kind- 
ness. Especially because they proudly and haughtily 
boast, wherever we are friendly to them or serve them, 
that God has made them to be lords and us to be ser- 
vants. As when a Christian on the Sabbath lights 


their fire and cooks for them whatever they desire, 
for which they curse, bespit and slander us as if they 
were doing something good, and yet eat up our goods 
which they have stolen from us. Such a despairing, 
evil, poisonous thing it is with these Jews who these 
1400 years have been and still are our plague, pesti- 
lence and all misfortune. 


Especially you who are preachers: where there 
are Jews, diligently insist that your masters and re- 
gents remember the duties of their office as they owe 
it to God, and compel the Jews to work, forbid them 
to practice usury and stay their blaspheming and 
cursing. For if they punish thieves, robbers, murder- 
ers, slanderers and other vices among us Christians, 
why should the Devil's children among the Jew be 
free to do such things against usf Do we not suffer 
more from them than the Wals from the Spaniards? 
They take from their host ; kitchen, cellar, chest, mon- 
ey bag, and in addition curse them and threaten them 
with death. In like manner we are treated by the 
Jews, our guests; we are the hosts. Thus they rob and 
deprive us, recline on our neck, the lazy and idle bel- 
lies, are gluttons in eating and drinking, have easy 
days in our homes and as a reward curse our Lord 

Christ, Church, princes and all of us withoirt ceasing 
to threaten us and to wish us death and all misfortune. 
Just think, how do we poor Christians get that way 
that we enrich such idle people, such blaspheming 
enemies of God and receive nothing in return but 
their cursing, slandering and aU misfortune that they 
can do and wish against ust In this respect we are 
blind dogs, such as the Jews are in their unbelief; 
that we suffer such fyranny from such merciless 
knaves, do not see and feel such, to let them be our 
lords, yea, our raving tyrants. We are, however, their 
captives and subjects; and still they lament that we 
are holding them as captives, mock us on top of all 
that as if we had to accept it from them ! If the rulers, 
however, refuse to compel them nor restrain their dev- 
ilish wantonness, that they be driven from the coun- 
try, as said^ and be told that they move to their own 
land and possessions in Jerusalem and there lie, curse, 
blaspheme, spit, murder, steal, rob, practice usury, 
mock, and engage in all such slanderous abominaticms 
as they do among us; and leave us our land, princi- 
pality, body, goods, much more, our Lord Jesus, faith 
and church undisturbed and unbesmirched with such 
devilish tyrannies and wickedness. Of course, they 
could pretend that this would not help them. For no 

one has the right to grant liberty to practice such 
abominations, and all liberties are thereby lost. 

After you pastors and preachers have diligently 
and dutifully issued such warning, and neither mas- 
ter nor subjects will do anything about it, then let us 
(as Christ says) shake the dust from our shoes and 
say: we are innocent of your blood. For I can see and 
have often had the experience how lenient and merci- 
ful the reversed world is; where it should be stem, 
and again is stern where it should be lenient and mer- 
ciful. The Prince of this world rules like King Ahab, 
II Kings, 20. In like manner they may now want to be 
lenient with the Jews, these blood-thirsty enemies of 
our Christian and human name, to cam heaven there- 
with. But for the Jews to hold in captivity, plague, 
torture and inflict all misery on us poor Christians 
with all such devilish cruelties as described above, — 
that we should suffer and is considered a good, Chris- 
tian indeed, especially where there is money which 
they have stolen from us. 

What are we poor preachers to do meanwhile t 
first, we want to believe that our Lord Jesus is 
truthful when He says of such Jews who do not ac- 
cept Him, but crucified Him: ''You are vipers and 


children of the DeviV As His forerunner, John the 
Baptist also says. Now such rulers and such merciful 
saints who wish the Jews well, will be the last to let 
us alone to believe in our Lord Jesus Ghrist, who, of 
course, knows all hearts better than such merciful 
saints; that these Jews must be a generation of vipers 
and children of the Devil; that is, who grant us just 
as much good as their father, the DeviL What good 
that fellow has done to us, we Christians should have 
understood long and well from experience besides the 
statements of Scripture. 

Whoever has a desire to lodge, nurse, and honor 
such poisonous serpents and young Devils; that is, the 
worst enemies of Christ our Lord and of us all; and 
permit himself to be abused, plundered, robbed, spit 
upon, cursed and suffer all evil, let the Jews be com- 
mended to him. If this be not sufficient, let him also 
be put into his mug or crawl and worship such a sanc- 
tuary, and afterward boast that he had been merci- 
ful, had strengthened the Devil and his young Devils 
to blaspheme our dear Lord and the precious blood 
with which He has bought us. In that )way he will be 
a perfect Christian, filled with deeds of mercy, for 
->vhich Christ will reward him on Judgment Day with 
the Jews and eternal hell fire ! 

If that be rudely spoken it is said to the rude 
cursing of the Jews! Of which others write much, 
which also the Jews well understand that it is called 
cursing, as they who thereby knowingly want to curse 
and blaspheme. 

Let us also speak of this in a subtle, and as Chris- 
tians, in a spiritual way. Thus says our Lord Jesus 
Christ: Whosoever receiveth Me, receiveth Him that 
sent Me/'— Matthew 10:40; ''He that despiseth you, 
despiseth Me; and he that despiseth Me^ despiseth 
Him that sent Me/'— Luke 10:16; ''He that hateth 
Me, hateth also my Father."— John 15:23; "That all 
men should honor the Son as they honor the Father, 
He that honoreth not the Son, honoreth not the Fa- 
ther who hath sent Him," — John 5:23. 


Will you say : Yes, the Jews do not believe and do 
not know this, because they do not accept the New 
Testament? I answer: May the Jews know or believe 
this or that; we Christians know that they openly 
blaspheme God the Father when they blaspheme and 
curse this Jesus. 

If God would say to us now or on the Day of 


Judgment: Do you hear, you are a Christian and 
know that the Jews openly blasphemed and cursed Me 
and My Son, and you gave them a place to do so, also 
protected and guarded them so they could do so un- 
hindered and unpunished in your country, city or 
house! Tell me: What shall we answer t 

[Now follow long dissertations, supported by 
passages from Scripture about the Messianic office of 
Jesus, which are not given here because of their scien- 
tific, theological nature. Finally Luther sums up his 
presentations as follows:] 

Accordingly, we should not joke about this ma^ 
ter, but very sincerely find counsel against it and 
save our souls from the Jews; that is, from etelrnal 
death. As stated before, this counsel is in the first 
place; that we refuse them the right to have syna- 
gogues, so the world may know that we do not permit 
a house to remain in which the Jews have for so long 
a time blasphemed our dear Creator and Father, to- 
gether with His Son, which so far we had tolerated in 

Secondly: That all of their books be taken away; 
prayer books, Talmuds, and not one page of it be 
left; and keep them for those who will become con- 


verted. For they use all of that only to blaspheme the 
Son of God ; that is, God Himself, the Father, Creat- 
or of heaven and earth, and will never use it any other 

Thirdly: That among us and in our possessions they 
be forbidden openly to praise and thank God, to pray 
and to teach. Let them do that in their own country 
or wherever we Christians do not hear or know about 
it. The reason for this : their praise, thanks, prayers, 
and teachings are nothing but blasphemy, cursing, 
idolatry ; since their heart and mouth call God Father 
Nebel Borik, the same as they call His Son, our Lord 
Jesus Christ. For as they call and honor the Son, so 
the Father is likewise called and honored. It will not 
help them to employ many beautiful words and glori- 
ously use the Name of God. For it is written; ''Thou 
shah not take the Xame of the Lord, thy God, in 
I'fl/w." Just as it did not help their forefathers to use 
the Name of God and still call Him Baal in the time 
of the kings of Israel. 

Fourthly: That. they be forbidden to mention the 
Name of God before our ears, for we cannot suffer 
that with a clear conscience. When their blasphemous 
mouth and heart call the Son of God Nebel Borik, 
they are also calling the Father by the same name ; as 



we Christians caimot understand it otherwise. We must 
believe that as the Son is named or believed to be, even 
so the Father is named and believed to be. Therefore 
the mouth of the Jews should not be considered worthy 
to mention the Name of God before our ears ; but who- 
soever hear it mentioned by the Jews should report it 
to the rulers, etc. And let no one be merciful and kind 
in this respect; for it concerns the honor of Qod and 
the salvation of us all (also of the Jews). 

And should they or anyone else propose that 
they did not mean it so wickedly, neither knew that 
with such blasphemy and cursing, they were blas- 
pheming and cursing Qod the Father ; for they most 
highly and beautifully ptaise and honor God, although 
they slander Jesus and us Christians. That has been 
answered above as you heard. If the Jews do not want 
to know it or consider it good, we Christians must 
know it. So the Jews are not excused because of their 
ignorance, since God has caused this to be preached 
for almost 1500 years so that they are obligated to 
know this and God also requires it of them. 

For whosoever hears God's Word for 1500 years 
and always says : I do not want to know it ! The ignor- 
ance of such a one will earn him a mean excuse, that 
is, a sevenfold debt. 



Lastly will I say this for myself :If God would 
not want to give me a Messiah who is different froAi 
the one the Jews desire and hope for, I would much 
rather be a sow than a human being ! And I will give 
you some good reasons for this: The Jews desire no 
more from their Messiah than that He should be a 
Kochab and a worldly king, who would slay the Chris- 
tians, divide the world among the Jews and make 
them rich lords, and finally die like other kings and 
his children after him likewise. 

Of what good would the Jewish Messiah be to me, 
if he could not help me, poor human being, against my 
spiritual loss, and could not make my life one tenth 
part as good as that of a sow? I would say: Dear Lord 
God, keep your Messiah or give Him to anyone who 
will have Him. Me, however, change to a sow, for it 
is better to be a living sow than an eternally dying 
human being. Yea, as Christ says: ''It were better for 
that man if he had never been born!'^ 

If, however, I had a Messiah who could help me 
in spiritual need ; that I would not have to fear death, 
would always and eternally be certain of life, could 
mock at the Devil and hell and would not have to 
shiver before the wrath of God, then my heart would 


skip for joy and be drunken with happiness. Then I 
would light a fire of love for God and never cease to 
thank and praise Him. If then He would not give me 
silver and gold and other riches, still the whole world 
would be a paradise to me even if I should have to live 
in a prison. 

Such a Messiah we Christians have, and for it we 
thank Gk>d the Father with full, overwhelming joy of 
our hearts! Such a Messiah the Jews do not desire, 
and of what good would He be to themf They must 
have one from an earthly Utopia who would satisfy 
their stinking belly and die with them like a cow or 
a dog. 


In my opinion it will have to come to this : if we 
are to stay clean of the Jew's blaspheming and not 
become partakers of it, we must separate, and they 
must leave our country. Thus they could no more cry 
and lie to God that we are holding them captive ; and 
we could no more complain that they plague us with 
their blaspheming and usury. This ia the nearest and 
best advice that makes it safe for both parties. 

[Here follow longer proofs from Scripture 
against the accusation of the Jews against the Chris- 
tian doctrine.] 


So much writing, good Sir and dear Friend, you 
have compelled me to do about your booklet in which 
a Jew exhibits his cunning arguments against an ab* 
sent Christian. Thank God, he would not do so to me 
at the present time. I hope that in this booklet a Chris- 
tian who does not desire to become Jewish will find 
sufficient arguments to guard against the blind, 
poisonous Jews, and will also become an enemy of the 
wickedness, lies, and cursing of the Jews, and come to 
the knowledge that their belief is not only false, but 
that they are also possessed of all the Devils. 

Christ, our dear Lord, graciously convert them 
and keep us in the knowledge of Him, which is etern- 
al life, most certainly. AMEN. 

Following are paragraphs taken from various ser- 
mons and writings of Dr. Luther. After each para- 
graph the original source of the quotation is indicat- 

Note: Quotations from Luther's works marked "W" originate 
from the Weimar Edition, those marked from the Erlangen 

An Appraisal of Mankind 

Jews are young devils condemned to Hell. (E. 32, 
p. 276) 


Maybe mild-hearted and gentle CJhristians will 
believe I am too rigourous and drastic against the 
poor, afflicted Jews, believing that I ridicule them 

and treat them with much sarcasm. By my word, I am 
far too weak to be able to ridicule such a satanic 
breed. I would fain do so, but they are far greater 
adepts at mockery than I and possess a God who is 
master in this art ; it is the Evil One himself. (E. 32, 
p. 286) 

Even with no further evidence than the Old Tes- 
tament, I would maintain, and no person on earth 
could alter my opinion, that the Jews, as they are to- 
day, are veritably a mixture of all the depraved and 
malevokMit knaves of the whole world over, who have 
then been dispersed in all countries, similarly to the 
Tartars, Gypsies and such folk, to afflict the differ- 
ent nations with their usury, to spy upon others and 
to betray, to poison wells, to deceive and to kidnap 
children — in short, to practice all kinds of dishonesty 
and injury. (Extract from the Pamphlet Von Schem 
Ilamphoras und voni Geschlecht Christi." 1543.) 

The Jeivish Danger 

Tliosc Jews i)rorossing to be surgeons or doc- 
tore dei)rive the Christians who make use of their 
medicaments, of iiealth and prosperity, for such Jew- 



ish doctors believe they find especial favour with tlieir 
God if they torment and furtively kill Christians. 
And we, fools that we are, even turn for succor to 
our enemies and their evil wnys in the times when our 
lives are in danger, whieh is indeed sorely trying God's 
patience. (E. G2, p. 367) 

Luther's Legacy 

As soon as niy principal business* has been ae- 
complislieil, I shall have to devote myself to the expul- 
sion of the Jews. (>()unt Albrecht is hostile towards 
them and he has already abandoned them, but as yet 
they are being molested by none. With the help of 
God 1 shall, in the sermons 1 hold from the pulpit, 
assist Count Albreclit and shall also abandon them. 
(Extract from one of Luther's letters to his wife, 
shortly before his death.) 

Luther's last Sermon: 
''Warning Against the Jews"** 

. . . Besides, you also have many Jews living in 
the country, who do much harm . , . You should know 
that the Jews blaspheme and violate the name of our 
Saviour day for day . . . for that reason you, Milords 
and men of authority, should not tolerate but expel 
them. They are our public enemies and incessantly 


blaspheme our Lord Jesus Christ, they call our Bles- 
sed ^'irgin 3Iary a harlot and her Holy Son a bastard 
and to us they give the epithet of changelings and 
abortions. If they could kill us all, they would gladly 
do so; in fact, many of them murder Christians, 
especially those professing to be surgeons and doctors. 
They know how to deal with medicaments in the man- 
ner of the Italians— the Borgias and ^ledicis— who 
gave people poison which brought about their death 
in one hour or in a month. 

Therefore deal with them harshly as they do no- 
thing but excruciatingly blaspheme our Lord Jesus 
Christ, trying to rob us of our lives, our health, our 
honour and belongings ... For that reason I cannot 
have patience nor carry on an intercourse with these 
deliberate blasphemers and violators of our Beloved 

As a good patriot I wanted to give you this warn- 
ing for the very last time to deter you from partici- 
pating in alien sins. You must know I only desire the 
best, for you all, rulers and subjects. (E. 62, p. 189) 

The divergencies between the Counts of Mansfeld which 
were the cause of his journey. 

Held at Eisleben, a few days before his death. February. 



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